'''The Percy Society''' was a British text publication society
. It was founded in 1840 and collapsed in 1852.
The Society was a scholarly collective, aimed at publishing limited-edition books of rare poems and songs. The president was Lady Braybrooke, and the twelve founding members of the committee included John Payne Collier
, Thomas Crofton Croker
, Thomas Wright (antiquarian)|Thomas Wright
, James Orchard Halliwell
(treasurer), Charles Mackay (author)|Charles Mackay
, Edward Francis Rimbault
(secretary) and William Chappell (writer)|William Chappell
. Later members included William B. Sandys|William Sandys
, and Robert Bell (writer)|Robert Bell
The editors took care to print the text exactly as given in their sources. This was in contrast to their main inspiration, Thomas Percy (Bishop of Dromore)|Thomas Percy
, who often polished up vernacular text by adding lines or merging different incomplete...